Career Coaches’ Advice On Working Remotely

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Working remotely isn’t for everyone, so make your staff (and your boss) are suited to telecommuting. | Source: ShutterStock

Working remotely is incredibly convenient and awesome if your boss allows you to do it, and The New York Post has a feature with some extremely remote employees who shared their tips on how to deal with questioning employers, technological barriers and more.

Some tips in general:

- Clear everything with your boss, including when, where and why you’ll work remotely and how you’ll stay in touch when you do.
- Make sure your Internet connections are stable, sound and speedy (which for me may mean setting Comcast offices on fire and switching to Fios).
- Try to get face time in when you can in the flesh, which is stronger than, well, FaceTime in making an impression and reminding your boss that you are a person as well as a person behind a keyboard.

Career Coach Deborah Brown-Volkman
“We live in such a global society, where it’s assumed that people are accessible 24/7, that it’s not such a drastic thing to be miles away from your boss or clients. Plus, there’s been a cultural and generational shift in the office environment in the past decade. Whereas baby boomers may have been wary about not having face time with employees, Generation X-ers and millennial managers are much more comfortable communicating remotely.”

Career Coach Maggie Mistal
“The fact is, you’re going to have a lot of things pulling on your attention, especially if you’re traveling or settling in a gorgeous part of the world, and you have to know how to put on blinders when you need to do work. For me, I know when I pull my computer out, it’s time to work … Developing a ritual to let you know it’s your ‘office time’ is really helpful, especially when you don’t have any nearby co-workers who you can take cues from.”

Globe-trotting HR Whiz Chuck Ros
“Making an investment in a communications strategy is key. I spent months before we left [to travel and work remotely] researching and testing virtual private network services, WebEx, Join.Me and others. And have a few backup plans, too. What if you have a key client meeting, and the Wi-Fi is out?”

Account Executive Melissa Erb
“I typed up a two-page plan explaining how I saw my relocation working. When I scheduled a meeting with my boss, [I] explained I knew he was taking a risk, and that we have regular check-ins after my move to make sure all expectations were being met or exceeded.”

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